Friday, 25 May 2018

Alphabet Challenge - E for Ebony

Good Morning everyone

Time for the Alphabet challenge again, i had the choice to pick for the letter 'E' so went with 

Use a Majority of black

I had great fun with this one.

6x6 Black base card.   I used an old core'dinations cardstock pack called gemstones for all the coloured card here they have a lovely shimmery finish which pops against the black - photo really doesn't do it justice!.  

I cut a square slightly smaller than the card front and die cut the leaf die from it 3 times, i then added 3d foam on the back and mounted onto a panel of lime green card and added to the card front.  I stamped the greeting onto yellow card and die cut into a fishtail banner.  I die cut the butterfly from 3 colours of card and added onto a white circle.  I added a white pen doodled border to finish. 

A close up showing the layers of the butterfly. 

Items Used:
Core'dinations gemstones cardstock
Memory box 'cottage leaf' die
Spellbinders butterfly die
Dienamics fishtail banner die
Justrite sentiment stamps

So if you fancy joining in and seeing what everyone comes up with using mainly black please do hop over to alphabetchallengeblog

If you are wondering where the letter D went as i last uploaded C for cows we work in a 2 team rotation so im doing every other letter. 

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Emma

Tuesday, 22 May 2018


Good Morning everyone, i hope you had a good weekend. 

Today im sharing my first post after being invited to join the design team for 
the cardz4guyz challenge blog.  As most of you know i make alot of male cards so quite enjoy making them.  

The theme this fortnight is

Science-Fiction Or Steampunk

both are a bit of a challenge for me, after searching all my stash I found these steampunk digi images as the starting point. 

7x7 White cardblank.  I first designed the background using serif craft artist & the digi kit by daisytrail 'Steampunk Emporium'  I cut this into a square and mounted onto Navy blue cardstock and then the base.

 I then printed the crow off twice and decoupaged him, i added a die cut hat and some glossy accents to him.  I die cut cogs from silver mirror card and added a touch of blue paint to them, to tone down the silver and tie in with the blue in the crow.  A couple of bolts cut from orange mirror card, these i used a permanent pen on to tone the colour down, add the pen wait a little for it to start drying and then rub off - gives a nice aged effect on mirror card. 

I added a metal word band with screw top brads to finish.  It says ; 
'Possibility begins with imagination'

A close up.

Items Used:
Serif Craft Artist
Daisytrail 'Steampunk emporium' (discontinued)
Cheerylynn cog dies
Spellbinders 'nuts & bolts' die S2-288
Hat die - unknown 
Tim Holtz ideology word band
Screw top brads
Glossy Accents

So if you fancy joining in and see what the rest of the design team and entrants come up with do hop over to cardz4guyz 

Thank you for stopping by, i hope you all have a good week and the sun shines on you all. Emma

Monday, 14 May 2018

Make My Monday #71

Good Morning all, i hope you had a good weekend.  

Can you believe its a fortnight gone again and time for a new challenge at
The theme this time is:

A Hint of Summer to Come

I found a lovely summery floral paper with blue cornflowers in my stash to go with.  I picked out co-ordinating cardstock and dies to go with.

5.5 x 7" white cardblank.  I first stamped my sentiment direct onto the cardfront and then die cut my pattern paper with a MFT edge die, layered it onto blue cardstock cut with the same edge die,  i added this to the cardfront with foam tape. 

I made up a cornflower using my old Tonic cornflower die and added a button centre.  I die cut different foliage from orange and yellow cardstock to pick up on them in the paper.  Ive had the Sue Wilson foliage die years but its such a pain to cut cleanly that i rarely use it but its perfect with this paper. 

I added a thin strip of blue to the top edge and 3 yellow buttons to finish. 

Exactly the same details as the first one but just reversed with the paper at the bottom and white linen card on top.  

Hopefully summer will arrive soon and i have lots of beautiful flowers in the garden!  So if you fancy joining our challenge or just want to see what the rest of the DT came up with and all the amazing entries, please do hop over to 

Items used:

Paper - B&M
MFT scalloped edge die
Tonic cornflower die
Sue Wilson Fern Trio die set CED1401
Tattered Lace - ferns die set
Clearly besotted sentiment stamp

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Thank you for stopping by and all your visits and comments last week, i hope you all have a good week. 

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Monday, 7 May 2018

Just Wanted to say Hi!

Good Morning everyone, i hope you are enjoying a sunny bank holiday.  

Today im sharing some simple hello cards trying out my new Katzelkraft stamps and my old favourites of brushos & pixie powders.  

6x6 white cardblank.  Using the stamp platform i first stamped my 2 dogs onto white card, being silhouettes the stamp platform is ideal for repeat stamping to build up a nice even black image and then added the sentiment.  After die cutting into a square i used turquoise brusho and purple pixie powders and spirzed with water and left to do its magic.  Adding the pixie powders adds a lovely pearlised shimmer.  Mounted onto black card and then the base card.  Orange gems to embellish.

Same as above just using gambage brusho and red pixie powder, blue gems to finish.  On each of them i doodled in some ground for them to sit on with a black fine liner pen.

and now the cats..

I first stamped the cat stamp, again using the stamp platform so i could get them nice and back.  I then die cut into a stitched octogen and added gambage brusho and red pixie powder.  I love the gambage brusho as its has a mix of colours in it.    Mounted onto black and then a 5x5 white card blank, cutting to the octogen shape. Blue gems to finish.

and a blue version.  

Items used
Katzelkraft stamps - cat 'Solo27'.  
Dogs - Solo30 & Solo31
Penny black stamp - 'Kool Kats' - the sentiment
Memory box stitched octogen die
Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders

Thank you for stopping by and all your comments last week.  I hope you all have a good week.  Emma

I wish to enter:
craftyanimals 14 - anything goes

daisychainchallenge - Animals

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Flower Pots

Good Morning everyone and im back, glad to see my scheduled posts went ahead as planned while i've was 'away'.  Thank you to those of you who popped by, I will catch up with you all soon.  

Today im just sharing a little best wishes card i made for a friend just to let them know i was thinking of them. 

DL white card blank.  I cut a white panel slightly smaller than the card front and stamped my greeting, I then embossed the top section above the sentiment with a brick style embossing folder.  I die cut the flower pots twice from white card, i coloured all of the first one with alcohol pens and then just the pots on the 2nd one.  I then cut the pots out and mounted on top of the first one with glue gel to add some dimension. 

I die cut lots of little butterflies from scrap of card coloured with the same colour pens.   

A close up of the flower and pots, this shows the true colour better.  I added touch of glitter glue to the flowers. 

Items Used:
Unbranded Flower pot die
Memory box mini butterfly dies
Sizzix embossing folder
Phill Martin sentiment stamp

Thank you for stopping by, I haven't done any crafting for about 3 weeks now so need to find some mojo. I hope you all enjoy the bank holiday weekend. Emma

Id Like to enter this at

moo-mania - Flowers

Monday, 30 April 2018

Make My Monday #70

Good Morning everyone.

Don't the weeks fly by, its time for a new challenge over at Make My Monday
The theme this fortnight is


Heat Embossing or dry Embossing

 Ive gone with dry embossing and dug out some old favourite embossing folders

5x7" white card blank.  I die cut panels from some white card and then embossed them with the leaf design, i then added green shades of inks.  Mounted onto silver mirror card and added to the card front.  I die cut the hello sunshine sentiment from silver mirri card and mounted onto a white wonky stitch circle and added to the card front with 3D foam tape.

I inked white card with orange, terracotta & red inks and die cut into flowers,  I have then debossed them with a swiss dots embossing folder.  I layered them up with some dark green foliage around the sentiment.  Yellow enamel drops for the flower centres to finish. 

Just a close up, sorry for the dark photos they were taken way back in all that rain. 

Items used:
Sizzix foliage embossing folder
Cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder
Sizzix flower die
Foliage die
Die-namics stitched panel dies
Sunshine sentiment - had it years i think it was die-namics
Spectrum Noir Aquatints

So please do hop over to Make My Monday to join in with your embossed creations.

Thank you for stopping by, i hope you all have a good week. Emma

Friday, 27 April 2018

Alphabet Challenge - C is for Cow

Good Morning Everyone.  

So today is my first post after being invited to join the design team at the Alphabet Challenge blog.

  Im looking forward to joining in as we follow the alphabet as the theme.  Today its

C for COWS

Ironically even though my family are Dairy Farmers im very limited on Cow crafting items.  Luckily i had just aquired a set of stamps by the card hut called farmers dilemma which had this raging bull so decided to use him to make a card for a male. 

I first stamped the bull and the sentiment and lightly coloured with inktense pencils and die cut with a stitched rectangle die.  I then die cut a rectangle from rusty coloured paper and matted both onto black cardstock.  I then wrapped with brown and black cotton cord. 

A5 black cardstock base, layered with a wood panel effect paper, the paper has pastel shades of pinks, blues and greens so picks up on the colours in used in the topper, i doodled a stitched border around the outside edge.   I threaded brass buttons with green twine and attached. 

Close up of the image.

Items Used:
TheCard Hut stamps  - Farmer's Dilemma
Derwent Inktense pencils
Double stitched rectangle dies
Papermania Mr Smiths Workshop papers
Urban Style papers from poundland

Have a hop over to The Alphabet Challenge  to join in this fun challenge and see what the rest of the design team came up with.

Thank you for stopping by.  Emma